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15 September 2010 @ 04:05 pm
Ugh.  
Anti-immigrant, assimilationist if-they-don't-pass-as-white-it's-their-fault rage-inducing xenophobic BULLSHIT warning.

Thanks, Ms. Moon. I loved The Speed of Dark, but now you're joining Harlan Ellison in the Box of Shame.

Anyone I recommended that book to? Unrecommended.

Via maevele.

ETA: Just emailed the Wiscon concom about her being a GoH next year, and how I am NOT okay with that in light of this. No idea if it'll accomplish anything, of course, but it does make me feel uncomfortable/unsafe (and I'm not Muslim, it's got to be a tiny tiny fraction of how she's hurting directly-affected folk) so.

Going off the Wiscon contact page, since I wasn't sure who to write to, I wrote to concom35 [at] wiscon [dot] info.

<ETA2 So apparently people with less fuzzy brains can parse more of that post than I can, and it's EVEN WORSE than I thought. Wow. Apparently Ms Moon thinks the European settlers here were happy community-builders who were welcomed with open arms and... assimilated... or something. Also that the Native people of this continent don't exist?
 
 
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Dr. Kvetchrose_lemberg on September 16th, 2010 02:25 am (UTC)
Peer, one would think that I am the "right kind of person", have lived here for 9 years, have a Ph.D, have worked all this time, pay taxes, volunteer, have never committed a felony, patiently wait for the green light to cross the street, etc. I speak fluent English (and some 7-8 other languages, but that's hutse mayse ('external story') as they say in Yiddish. I have studied American history, culture and literature in depth; as a part of my job as a university professor, I get to teach native English speaking students how to effectively write in English.

But, in fact, I am still not a citizen (in process), have very few rights, get subjected to humiliating searches in airports, cannot legally leave this country at this point (thanks, Patriot act), cannot vote, cannot apply for most research scholarships, etc.

So actually, being "the right kind of person" is rather meaningless in this context.

And yes, we paid... actually, let me not tell you how much we paid in order to file the paperwork. And we had to wait to file it, because we could not muster the $$.

Edited at 2010-09-16 02:28 am (UTC)
Alan Yeealan_yee on September 16th, 2010 02:55 am (UTC)
And yes, we paid... actually, let me not tell you how much we paid in order to file the paperwork. And we had to wait to file it, because we could not muster the $$.

Ugh. My sympathies. I didn't realize how expensive applying for citizenship was. Hope you guys eventually get granted citizenship.

My dad and his family (Chinese, FWIW) were well off, had money (but weren't rich), and had the benefit of having other relatives already living in the U.S. when they moved here from Hong Kong. I recognize how privileged that makes them and, by extension, me. (I also have light-skinned privilege, since my mother is white.) My dad didn't become naturalized until he was here for ten or eleven years--he was attending college for the first five or so years, and then of course the naturalization process takes a frustratingly long time.
Dr. Kvetchrose_lemberg on September 16th, 2010 03:02 am (UTC)
We have a child with moderate/severe autism (who is a citizen, for the record), so all money goes towards treatments.